Eight Tips Service Members Can Use To Manage Stress

Stress is an interesting animal. A little stress isn’t always bad: it can be an effective motivator, and the adrenaline that stress creates can help improve both mental and physical performance. But too much stress can negatively affect your performance on duty, your relationships, and your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to control and reduce stress and increase health and wellness. You can learn and apply stress management techniques to help […]


This Is Not a Drill

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Lon Anderson with TSA, “Thank you.” People like you are the reason families like us keep trying. You showed us compassion and for that, we are forever grateful. “Where are you?” Lon Anderson, the TSA representative, was calling us to check on our status. We had just parked and were unloading the car. This was the first time Broden had flown since he was a baby and Hayden was […]


Early Intervention From A To Z

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DIRECTORY ON EARLY INTERVENTION, SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICES IS A VALUABLE RESOURCE Whether your family is moving to Ansbach, Germany, or Camp Zama, Japan, you’ll want to know everything you can about overseas schools, especially if you have children with special educational needs. Fortunately, you can find all the information you need, from A to Z. The Department of Defense Directory on Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in OCONUS […]


Listen to Me

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Jean Decety made a lot of sense when he alluded to the fact that if a parent realizes the doctor is not genuinely concerned for their child, then they will most likely not trust that doctor. In a matter of two weeks, I have been inundated with stories from mothers who have not been heard when trying to advocate for their children’s medical care. All of them have the […]


Power in Numbers

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Not only are we more powerful in numbers, we are more powerful when we use our voices. Regardless of one’s political views, no one can deny the concept of power in numbers. While some of us feel that our nation is falling apart or that we are in distress, a fellow advocate of mine could not disagree more and couldn’t put it more eloquently, “Our nation is not under […]


Bullying How To Identify & Address Peer Aggression

Sticks and stones can break your bones and words can also hurt a child in immeasurable ways — even a tough military child. Bullying, or peer aggression, is any behavior — verbal or physical — directed at peers and intended to cause harm. It can cause stress for the child being bullied, the bully and you, the parents. And it is more common than you think. Some people shrug off bullying as a child being […]


Signs Of Child Abuse

If child abusers looked more like the cartoon bad guys, it would be a lot easier to identify them and protect children. But, child abuse offenders come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, an abuser can be your neighbor, co-worker or even friend. The Department of Defense and the Family Advocacy Program are committed to addressing, preventing and ending child abuse. Do your part in […]


How To Report Child Abuse As A Member Of The Military

Everyone has a role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. This is particularly true when it comes to the health and safety of children. It is estimated that more than 3 million children per year are victims of abuse, much of which goes unreported. Though it may be uncomfortable, Department of Defense policy, as well as many state and federal laws, require that community members file reports of suspected abuse. Making a call […]


Attempting a New Mindset

Saying “I don’t know” has a way of permitting me to stop trying to move that mountain and stick to the idea of moving one rock at a time. I consider a new year as a sort of invitation to do better. After hearing some New Year’s resolutions, I thought it would only be fitting for me to sit and think about what goals to shoot for this year. It would be great to try […]


Military & Veteran Caregivers

Source: Easterseals Caregiving is in Easterseals’ DNA — it’s at the heart of everything we do. This is especially true in our services and supports for military veterans and their families. We strive to ensure military caregivers can access what they need to take on the enormous responsibility of caregiving—often, while still needing to work, navigate family life and take care of themselves. We embrace and support military caregivers, particularly as they transition into this […]